Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce earns Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals honors again


By Ryan Schlehuber "Scoop" • Last Updated 1:35 pm on Monday, November 19, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP) recognized the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce with the 2012 Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Award—Small Chamber Category at the MACP Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting held at Crystal Mountain Resort Oct. 18. This is the second consecutive year the Greenville Area Chamber received the award.

“The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce received this award based on its accomplishments in leadership and governance, financial stewardship, business advocacy and member programming,” said Bob Thomas, director for the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals. “Among the chamber’s noted achievements were its leadership in local business issues, membership retention and organizational financial performance.”

The Outstanding Chamber of Commerce award is presented to one chamber of commerce in each of three membership categories (small, mid-size and large chambers of commerce) and based on a comprehensive application judged by chamber of commerce professionals from seven regional states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. Applicants must demonstrate quality, innovation, and effectiveness of programming in the areas of leadership and governance, finance, business advocacy and programming/membership development.

“It is important for us as a chamber, as it is for any organization, to keep ourselves on top of industry standards,” said Gae Wolfe, who co-directs Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce with co-Director Candy Kerschen. “This recognition means that the Greenville Area Chamber’s programming, governance and fiscal responsibility meet or exceed expectations. It reflects the efforts of our small staff (two person equivalent and our board of directors) who constantly keep their eye on our mission to advocate for business in our community.”

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